Residents in Plymouth are being encouraged to take pride in their neighbourhoods as part of a new campaign from Sanctuary Housing to tackle fly-tipping in the area.
Love Your Neighbourhood – Hate Fly Tipping
The leading housing provider has launched its Love Your Neighbourhood – Hate Fly Tipping campaign and is urging residents to take ownership of their community by ensuring rubbish is disposed of in a legal and responsible manner, such as recycling unwanted items and taking waste to a landfill site or rubbish tip, to ensure their neighbourhoods remain safe, clean and tidy.
As part of the campaign, Sanctuary is highlighting the potential consequences of disposing of waste illegally and will be increasing action it takes against anyone involved in fly-tipping.
A criminal offence
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and offenders could face a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment. Anybody caught dumping their rubbish irresponsibly could also be issued with a Community Protection Notice, a Criminal Behaviour Order and will receive a bill for clearing up the mess.
“Money that could be used to enhance local communities”
Katie Poole, Sanctuary’s operations manager for the South West, said: “We’ve seen first-hand the damaging effects that fly-tipping can have on communities. Not only does it blight neighbourhoods, it also costs us a significant amount of money to remove, money that could be used to enhance local communities.
“Residents are key to the campaign’s success, which is why we want them to be involved. By keeping their communities clear of rubbish and reporting anyone they see fly-tipping, they can help ensure their neighbourhoods remain places they are proud to call home.”
Residents can report fly-tipping to their local council or by calling Sanctuary on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511.